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Articles from March 6, 2016

A Blank Parking Ticket, a Blue Bag and Months of Mystery
Over the summer, a blogger noticed a Ford Edge parked in the same spot near the Downtown YMCA as the day before. It had a parking ticket on its windshield, also like the day before unusual, he thought.Then he saw a parking-enforcement officer drive...
After a Long Break, Blues Jump Back into Action
ST. PAUL, MINN. * The Blues return to action on Sunday night after four straight days off, an eternity at this time of year.From the players' point of view, it's great."It's been perfect," said forward Troy Brouwer."It's nice," said defenseman Alex Pietrangelo."Anytime...
Aisha Sultan: What's Changed in the Secret Life of Teens? Porn
Teenagers have kept parts of their lives secret from the prying eyes of adults for generations. A degree of privacy is necessary to develop one's own identity and to learn to solve problems independently on the path to becoming an adult.But the hidden...
Alexie, Russo, Percy among Authors Featured This Spring
Over a little more than two months, some 100 authors will discuss their books here. Topics range from Laura Ingalls Wilder to North Korea, and fiction writers include both local stars (Curtis Sittenfeld, Ridley Pearson, et al.) and national names (James McBride,...
As a State of Islands Marijuana Sales Tricky for Hawaii
HONOLULU * With less than five months to go before medical marijuana dispensaries can open in Hawaii, business owners could face unique obstacles in this state made up of islands separated by federal waters.Dispensaries can open as soon as July 15, but...
Ask the Road Crew: Congestion at 141 and 40, Changes to Hillsboro Valley Road
Chat with Andrew Gates of the Missouri Department of Transportation, Steve Runde of the St. Louis Streets Division and David Wrone of the St. Louis County Department of Transportation each Wednesday at 1 p.m. at STLtoday.com/chat. Here is an excerpt from...
At Home: 1850s Federal-Style Home in Ladue Gets an Update
"Our home was a complete disaster when Karen and I bought it in 1990," Martin Lammert says, recalling the turquoise-colored walls, 30-year-old shag carpeting, 20 cracked windows and a dirt floor basement. "The front door opened to a tiny foyer boxed...
Austin Peay, with St. Louis Connections, Shocks OVC
NASHVILLE, Tenn. * It was the birthday of a lifetime for former St. Louisan Dave Loos.Loos, a long-ago standout basketball player then coach at Mehlville High, coached Austin Peay to a storybook run through this week's Ohio Valley Conference tournament...
Bad Plus Joshua Redman, MADCO Are on the Jazz, Dance Scene
Spring is a time of renewal, and that theme certainly applies to jazz and dance. Some performances to watch out for in the coming weeks:JAZZ* The Necks, an Australian piano-bass-drums trio, is said to take the format in new and exhilarating directions....
Best-Selling Books for the Week That Ended Feb. 28
Here are the best-sellers from Publishers Weekly for the week that ended Feb. 28.HARDCOVER FICTION1. "A Girl's Guide to Moving On" * Debbie Macomber2. "The Nightingale" * Kristin Hannah3. "NYPD Red 4" * James Patterson/Marshall Karp4. "Brotherhood in...
Blue Notes: Tarasenko Is Spreading out His Goals This Season
ST. PAUL, MINN. * Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko scored on Tuesday to give him his second consecutive season with 30 goals. The most recent Blue to do that was Brad Boyes, in 2007-08 and 2008-09.While that's a good consistency for Tarasenko, the goals...
Bonnies Keep Billikens Reeling
The opportunity to avoid a play-in game at the Atlantic 10 tournament was erased before St. Louis University took the floor Saturday night.The Billikens were playing for pride and senior Ash Yacoubou.St. Bonaventure, on the other hand, had some lofty...
Brew Hub Picks Site for $20 Million Chesterfield Brewery
Construction is slated to begin this year on a new $20 million brewery in Chesterfield that will allow craft brewers here and across the country to brew more beer and expand into new markets.Brew Hub, led by former Anheuser-Busch executive Tim Schoen,...
Cards Notes: Prospects Steal the Show in Win over Marlins
JUPITER, Fla. * The chances of any baseball team employing all season the same 25-man roster with which it starts that season are about as good as Donald Trump and Marco Rubio squishing into a two- man horse costume. So some of the folks who contributed...
Celebrate St. Pat's, Cinco De Mayo and More at Area Festivals
Several annual festivals return in spring.* More than 120 units of marching bands, floats and clowns will accompany Irish and St. Louis dignitaries through downtown St. Louis in this year's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. (Noon March 12. 18th and Market...
Chaminade Safely Navigates Path to Showdown in Sectional Round
FRONTENAC * For the third time in four years, the Chaminade basketball team won a district championship. The Red Devils overwhelmed undersized and outgunned Hazelwood East 67-35 Saturday at St. Joseph's for the Class 5 District 6 title.The No. 1 large...
Chesterfield Mall Owner Mulls Options at Struggling Property
Two sprawling outlet malls that opened within weeks of each other in Chesterfield in 2013 have steadily taken their toll on Chesterfield Mall, located just a few miles away. Now the effect has raised questions about whether the shopping center might...
Christian Hamlet in Syria Bears Scars of Fierce Fighting
MAALOULA, Syria * Its historic churches pillaged by jihadis and buildings riddled with shrapnel, this ancient Christian town north of Damascus still bears the scars of the fierce fighting that devastated it two years ago.Residents vividly recall the...
Citizens Urged to Reform a 'Nation on the Take'
Just as everyone is pointing out how big money and the Citizens United ruling have paralyzed the American political system, along come two reformers with their step-by-step guide for ordinary people to reclaim the political process.The list of ills is...
Class 3 Sectional Roundup
GIRLS Southern Boone 49, Cardinal Ritter 43 (2OT) * A return trip to the girls basketball state semifinals was there for the taking Saturday, but Cardinal Ritter couldn't seize the opportunity.The Lions lost 49-43 in double overtime to Southern Boone,...
College Basketball Roundup: Yale Makes NCAA Tourney for First Time since 1962
Yale defeats Columbia, makes NCAA field for first time since '62Makai Mason scored 22 points and Brandon Sherrod added 13 to lead Yale to a 71-55 victory at Columbia on Saturday, clinching the Bulldogs' first NCAA Tournament bid since 1962. The Bulldogs...
Consider Grand Bahama for a Quiet Island Getaway
GRAND BAHAMA, The Bahamas * Looking for a low-key winter getaway or quiet spring break destination? Grand Bahama may be your place.It's one of the main islands of the Gulf Stream-warmed Bahamas archipelago of 700 islands, cays and inlets sprawling across...
Cruz Wins Kansas, Battles for KY in GOP Fight for Delegates
WICHITA, Kan. * Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz cinched victories in Kansas and Maine as front-runner Donald Trump captured Louisiana and Kentucky on Saturday, fresh evidence that there's no quick end in sight to the fractious GOP race for president.On...
Deaths Elsewhere
Pat Conroy * The author, whose beloved works "The Great Santini" and "The Prince of Tides" are set against the vistas of the South Carolina coast that was his home, was lauded Saturday as a great chronicler of the human condition and a humble and loving...
Demolition of Landmark Irish Church in St. Louis Prompts Cultural Preservation Debate
ST. LOUIS * The hulking St. Bridget of Erin is now a mere memory, just like the Irish immigrant prayers that once sounded through its brick walls.The cornerstone of the church, built at the intersection of North Jefferson Avenue and Carr Street, was...
Design Standards Proposed for St. Louis Historic Districts
Imitation isn't necessarily flattery.In proposing standards for construction in St. Louis' local historic districts, the city's guardian of its architectural heritage says in a new report that 21st-century modernity and 19th- century stateliness can...
Editorial: Marco Rubio Can Help Heal and Unify the Republican Party
For the GOP to be a political party of today, and not of a past where the poor, middle-class and people of color were safely marginalized, it must unite behind Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.Republican voters in Missouri and Illinois have an opportunity...
Editorial: We Recommend Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Nomination
The most formidable opponent Hillary Clinton faces in her campaign for the presidency is, unfortunately, Hillary Clinton. She is well on her way to leaving Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in her dust in the Democratic primaries. Whoever emerges as the GOP...
Evansville Cruises into MVC Title Game
Evansville senior guard D.J. Balentine can't recall much from the 1999 NCAA Tournament. He hadn't yet turned 6 years old. But as the Missouri Valley Conference's top scorer has propelled the league's highest-scoring team toward its first NCAA Tournament...
Exercise Your Brain like You Do Your Muscles for the Same Results
As we get older we begin to fear the little things that were once routine annoyances: forgetting where you put the keys, missing appointments, forgetting names of people you've known for a while.Most of the time it's no big deal. But as the years pile...
Fetal Tissue Donation Ban under Consideration in Missouri
New restrictions on fetal tissue donation and research are making their way through the Missouri Legislature.Research on fetal tissue derived from abortions is already banned by state law, although federal law permits the practice, and research is ongoing...
Gators Take Final Bite out of Mizzou
COLUMBIA, MO. * No matter what happened Saturday at Mizzou Arena, the next few days always figured to be suspenseful around the Missouri basketball offices. Not so much Saturday on Norm Stewart Court.The Mizzou basketball season was officially put to...
George Thorogood Gives Thanks to His Musical Heroes
Talk to veteran blues-rock guitar great George Thorogood, and the discussion is as likely to be as much about baseball as it about music.Calling in for an interview, Thorogood's first words after "hello" are, "How are those Cardinals looking this year?"Thorogood...
Health Events
Change Behaviors, Improve your Health * Information on diabetes and exercise. 10:30 a.m. March 17 at SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital, 6420 Clayton Ave Conference Room A/B (Ground Floor). Free. 1-866- 776-3627.Healthy Spring Cuisine * Get excited for...
Hochman: Piscotty Impresses Cards with Brains, Brawn
JUPITER, Fla. * There's an innocence to this, the littleness.A major league ball player is larger than life, exuding bigness. Stephen Piscotty hit .305 as a rookie, and then he hit three home runs in the playoffs. But when it was over, he just started...
Holliday Will Get a Crack at First Base
JUPITER, Fla. * When Brandon Moss started the transition that Matt Holliday is set to try, stretching from outfield to first baseman, Oakland Athletics coach Mike Gallego offered Moss direction by pointing him to the place where first basemen are made."He...
Horrigan: A Legislature That FIFA Crooks Can Be Proud Of
Now that FIFA, the governing body for international soccer, has adopted a set of anti-corruption reforms, the pressure is really on the Missouri Senate. Do these 34 men and women really want to be known as less ethical than FIFA?So far the answer is...
Horsin' around a Carousel Carving School in Tennessee
SODDY DAISY, Tenn. * Bud Ellis, founder of Horsin' Around Carousel Carving School in Soddy Daisy, Tenn. (just north of Chattanooga), says with a smile that "if you can walk through the door of the studio you can carve a carousel animal, no previous experience...
Huge Rebounding Edge Lifts North Carolina over Duke
DURHAM, N.C. * North Carolina rebounded from a loss to its most despised rival by, well, rebounding.Brice Johnson had 18 points and 21 rebounds, and the eighth- ranked Tar Heels dominated the glass and held on to beat No. 17 Duke 76-72 on Saturday night...
Jefferson County Bar Owner Struggles in Aftermath of Flood
JEFFERSON COUNTY * Bar owner Scott Coleman once had no problem giving money away. But that was before the flood. When a regular walked into his Some Other Place Bar and Grill after disappearing for a few days, Coleman asked him why. His house had burned...
Kieffer, Dr. David Abbott 75
Kieffer, Dr. David Abbott 75, died Sunday, February 14, 2016 at the Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction, CO from Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Dr. Kieffer was born and raised a fourth generation Missourian in Clayton, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, the...
Laumeier Explores 'Time'; Contemporary Art Museum Celebrates 3 Local Artists
The visual arts venture into many worlds this spring:* That high-quality hand-woven carpets from Turkey and nearby countries are serious art is hardly news. "The Carpet and the Connoisseur," the new exhibition at the St. Louis Art Museum acknowledges...
Law & Order
COLUMBIA, MO. > Man charged after rape, attempted sex assault on campus * A man was arrested Saturday after a rape and attempted sex assault were reported on the University of Missouri campus earlier in the day.Zachery Ryan Jones, 21, described by police...
Letters to the Editor, March 6
Don't let McKee get rich off destruction of neighborhoodWhile I applaud the editorial "Kingdom of decay" (March 3) excoriating developer Paul McKee for not taking care of the 1,500 acres he purchased in north St. Louis many of them acquired "surreptitiously,...
Looking Back as 'Downton Abbey' Closes Its Doors
* The following contains no spoilers for the finale of "Downton Abbey." However, it is full of details about episodes that previously aired.When did America fall in love with "Downton Abbey"?Perhaps it happened in the very first episode, when the feisty Dowager...
Made in St. Louis: Retired Construction Supervisor Adopts Artistry
Lincoln Woodworking Designer * Ralph LincolnAge * 60Home * WarrentonWhat he sells * Lamps and tables made from reclaimed cedar constructed of trees dead, fallen, storm damaged or removed for construction projects.How to buy * Visit his online shop at...
McIlroy Soars into Doral Lead
DORAL, Fla. * Rory McIlroy came into the Cadillac Championship insisting that everything about his game is solid now, and that his ability to contend rested solely on his mental game.His mind must be right, because he played a mistake-free third round...
Messenger: Danforth Takes Issue with His Portrayal in Upcoming HBO Movie
That a movie about the Senate confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas would portray former U.S. Sen. Jack Danforth of Missouri as a villain should not be a surprise.Danforth, a Republican who at the time was known in some circles as...
Missouri Mules Are Back, but Not as a Beast of Burden This Time
CUBA, Mo. * Backstage at the Interstate Regional Stockyards, a gauntlet of metal gates screeched open and clanged shut as cowboys herded bawling calves to their holding pens.The cacophony sounded like an orchestra warming up, only the racket went on...
MLB Notes: Tigers' Gose Doesn't like Advanced Defensive Stats
Tigers' Gose doesn't like advanced defensive statsAnthony Gose is a fine defensive center fielder for the Detroit Tigers. He has good speed and a good arm and good instincts, but last season, he was rated poorly in the defensive metrics that are gaining...
Nation Briefs
Ban ends, but LGBT parade in NY goes onThe founder of an LGBT-friendly St. Patrick's Day parade said Saturday that the inclusive celebration will go on even though the city's big St. Patrick's Day procession in Manhattan has dropped its ban on gay groups....
New in Theaters
"The Boy and the Beast" ** (PG-13; 1:59) * In the latest animated feature from Japanese director Mamoru Hosoda, a street urchin is taken in and raised by animals. But it is the world of man, not beast, that makes this coming-of-age movie most touching....
New on DVD: 'In the Heart of the Sea'
MOVIES"In the Heart of the Sea" ** (PG-13; 2:02) * Chris Hemsworth projects star quality in director Ron Howard's intermittently thrilling high-seas drama involving the whale that partly inspired "Moby Dick." With Benjamin Walker, Ben Whishaw and Brendan...
Nicholson, Eugene Curtis September 12
Nicholson, Eugene CurtisSeptember 12, 1925 March 3, 2016. Eugene Nicholson died quietly at home the evening of March 3; his wife of twenty years, Beverly, and his daughter, Nikki Moon, were at his side as he peacefully made the transition from this world...
Northern Iowa Knocks off Top Seed Wichita State
The problem with a basketball game that goes to overtime is things tend to get lost in the final score, remarkable things. So it was with Northern Iowa's 57-52 victory over Wichita State in the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament...
Parkway West Wins First District Title since 2010
TOWN AND COUNTRY * Nick Lathrop had the best seat in the house.Even if he never wanted it.A senior post for the Parkway West boys basketball team, Lathrop fractured his left elbow in Thursday's district semifinal win against MICDS. He played through...
People
Murdoch, Hall celebrate their weddingActor Michael Caine, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and artist Tracey Emin were among guests celebrating on Saturday the wedding of media mogul Rupert Murdoch and model-actress Jerry Hall.Playwright Tom Stoppard, musician...
Post-Dispatch Wins Awards for News and Sports Coverage, Headlines, Graphics, Photos and More
Spring ushers in the awards season in the newspaper industry, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has made another good showing in two early contests this year.The Post-Dispatch won major awards in the annual Missouri Associated Press Managing Editors Awards...
Potential High Court Nominee Nguyen Inspired by Her Family
SAN FRANCISCO * Jacqueline Nguyen knows adversity.She, her siblings and their parents fled Vietnam, and Nguyen, at 10, spent her first days in the United States in 1975 in a refugee tent city at Camp Pendleton in California.Nguyen, 50, says her parents'...
Pruneau, George Joseph Born February 4
Pruneau, George Joseph born February 4, 1935, died on February 28, 2016 from chronic respiratory disease. He passed peacefully at his home in Saint Louis in the presence of his wife and sister. He is survived by his wife Mary and sons S. Michael Pruneau,...
'Ragtime,' 'If/Then' and More Come to St. Louis Stages
As the spring theater scene blossoms in St. Louis, prospective audience members have choices to make. Musicals or straight plays? Breezy comedies or meaty dramas?Looking ahead for the next few months, it seems as if there just might be something for...
Ready to Help Build NGA
There is no doubt that if the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency were to select north St. Louis city as the location for its new Western Headquarters, it would be a big benefit to the city. Retaining the NGA's 3,100 employees while driving reinvestment...
Robb, Jason Matthew on February 27
Robb, Jason MatthewOn February 27, 2016, at the age of 43, the cherished father of Dylan, Connor and Emma Robb and husband of Kelly Robb (Dunn), left for a place "Where never lark or even eagle flew And, while with silent lifting mind he trod the high...
Sailors Face More Lenient Body Fat Rules
SAN DIEGO * The Navy is giving another chance to thousands of sailors who otherwise would be kicked out because they exceeded body fat limits.The Navy loosened its body fat restrictions in January and is allowing those who failed their physical fitness...
Scientists: Discovery of Young, Wild Black Carp Troubling
KANSAS CITY * The discovery of two juvenile black carp in a ditch connected to the Mississippi River in Missouri is the first, troubling sign that the invasive species is reproducing in the wild and becoming more of a threat to already endangered mollusks...
Shylock Comes to Modern-Day Britain in Jacobson's Novel
With his comic novel "Shylock Is My Name," British novelist and Man Booker Prize winner Howard Jacobson reworks Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice." It's the second in Hogarth's series of reimagined Shakespeare plays.Jacobson mixes drama and farce...
Slatkin Returns for 'Romeo'; Pops Series Pays Tribute to Bowie
This spring brings a host of promising performances to St. Louis.* The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra starts the season by finishing its four-week Shakespeare Festival on March 11 and 12, as conductor laureate Leonard Slatkin leads a complete performance...
SLU Women Go Cold Late to Fall in A-10 Semifinals
RICHMOND, Va. * After laboring to find a consistent offensive presence for most of the game, the St. Louis University women's basketball team went cold at the wrong time, and it cost the Billikens a slot in the Atlantic 10 Conference championship game.SLU...
Sports Digest: Shagaf Wins Key Derby Prep Race
Shagaf wins key Derby prep raceShagaf closed with a rush and won the $400,000 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack on Saturday in New York to improve his record to 3-0 and move into contention for the Kentucky Derby.The 3-year-old colt earned 50 Derby...
Spotlight: Lindbergh Boulevard Held Name despite Change Attempts
When a reader asks about the history of Lindbergh Boulevard, one wonders if they've just been to a trivia contest.A popular question in the local history category deals with what Lindbergh Boulevard was called before a lanky aviator flew to fame and...
Spring Concerts Bring Underwood, Bieber and the Who
We can't think of a better way to kick off the spring concert season than "The Boss" himself, Bruce Springsteen, who will rattle the Chaifetz Arena walls Sunday night with the E Street Band during a sold-out show.There's much more to come. We've already...
St. Louis Actors' Studio Gets Set for Season 10
The St. Louis Actors' Studio will open its 10th season with Edward Albee's drama "Three Tall Women," winner of the 1994 Pulitzer Prize in drama.A portrait of a woman through three stages of her life a demanding woman of 92, a regal, middle-aged matron...
Sunday's Sports on the Air
AUTO RACING2:30 p.m. Sprint Cup: Kobalt 400, KTVI (2)BASEBALL12:05 p.m. Exhibition: Cardinals vs. Nationals, FSM, KMOX (1120 AM)BASKETBALL11 a.m. College: Illinois at Penn State, BTN, WQQX (1490 AM)11 a.m. College: Southern Methodist at Cincinnati, KMOV...
Supreme Court's Ruling on Abortion Could Have Impact in Missouri
Abortion rights advocates and opponents in Missouri are watching closely as the U.S. Supreme Court decides the constitutionality of Texas abortion laws that are already in place in the Show-Me State.The court heard arguments Wednesday on laws that require...
'The Travelers' Sends Seduced Hero on Unwanted Assignments
Acclaimed thriller writer Chris Pavone seems to have another winner with "The Travelers," a rock 'em-sock 'em adventure that takes readers from New York to exotic locales like Capri, Bordeaux, Paris, London, Argentina, Stockholm, Dublin, Edinburgh and Luxembourg...
Use a Bathroom Vanity to Update Other Areas of Your Home
Q * What functional projects can I do to keep my home organized and maximize my space?A * As a homeowner, there are no limits to the projects that can complement your dcor and make life easier. One trend we're seeing is vanities being used outside of...
Used Car Prices: Pickups Up, Compacts Down
If you're shopping for a used car, or thinking about it, here are things you should know:* It's a bad time to be looking for a used pickup or big SUV. They're very popular now, and that's driving prices up sharply.* It's a great time to be looking for...
Weatherbird's Top Tweets
Besides gracing the front page of the newspaper since 1901, I also spend time watching Twitter.@WEATHERBIRD Start a conversation with me on TwitterDid you hear? The Post-Dispatch's website, stltoday.com, got a whole new look on Monday night. And while...
What's Up
THIS DAY IN 1857HISTORIC RULINGThe Supreme Court rules in the case of a Missouri slave, Dred Scott, that slave owners had the right to take their slaves into Western territories. Many historians believe this ruling helped lead to the election of President...
Whitfield Earns Spot in State Semifinals
HILLSBORO, Mo. * Mike Potsou took full advantage of a rare 89- minute time out.The Whitfield boys basketball coach went over every possible scenario during a bizarre 3-hour, 35-minute Class 3 quarterfinal game that started in one location Saturday night...
Who Are Those Other People on My Presidential Ballot?
Rocky De La Fuente might provide an interesting matchup against Donald Trump.Trump, of course, wants to wall off Mexico to save America. De La Fuente was born in the U.S., raised in Mexico, then used a job as a car salesman in San Diego as a springboard...
Wildlife Secrets Revealed with Advanced Tracking Devices
BOISE, Idaho * Solar-powered trackers on wings have recorded California condors soaring to 15,000 feet, while locators attached to humpback whales have revealed 1,000-foot dives to underwater mountains. And GPS collars on Yellowstone grizzly bears are...
Witness Recants ID in Mom's St. Louis Murder but Is It Too Late for Imprisoned Man Who Says He's Innocent?
ST. LOUIS * Melissa Davis was firm then, and she is firm now, on the identity of the man who savagely attacked her family in April 1982.Only the "who" has changed.For 34 years, Davis was adamant that Rodney Lincoln turned her Farrar Street apartment...
World Briefs
Turkish media crackdown stirs EU fearThe European Union is facing increasing pressure to speak out against the erosion of media freedom in Turkey after the takeover of the country's largest-circulation newspaper, but few expect it to take a bold stance...
Yoga for All Types, Moods, Stamina or Music Tastes
Yoga teaches you to breathe deep and keep moving even if failure seems imminent. At its best, yoga prepares you for life, not just a rigorous workout. Because life, my friends, cannot be mastered.Yoga is also one of the few exercises that's recommended...
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